Family Album treasures: Carina Meow!

August 24, 2012 in Family Album Treasures

Posing in front of your beloved Carina ST A40 with a huge glass bottle (presumably sake) made someone decide to draw whiskers on the owners face to mimic a cat:
Carina A40
Or maybe it is a Japanese habit to make someone unrecognizable on the web. ;)

Anyway this picture is certainly something to keep in your family album for future generations!

Found at Minkara

Carina Sightings: Hugo Matthyssen

May 9, 2012 in carina sightings

I really love this song from 1992 by the Belgian comedian Hugo Matthysen where he sings about his 1981 Toyota Carina:

And 1981 makes it most probably one of the last Carina TA40s that were delivered.
The song is in Flemish, so it is hardly understandable for the non-Dutch/Flemish speakers but at least I tried to translate the lyrics as close as possible. Unfortunately it looses all its rhyme. :(

I googled for a beige 1981 Toyota Carina to give you at least the chance to form a picture in your mind what this song is all about:
Beige 1981 Toyota Carina TA40
Don’t pin me down on this color: there used to be a metallic beige color for the TA40 as well.

The full lyrics including a terrible translation:
Okee, ik snap geen jota (Allright, I don’t understand anything)
van automechaniek, (from car mechanics)
maar toch zeg ik, “mijn Toyota (but still I say, “My Toyota)
was een wonder der techniek.” (was a miracle of technique”)

Hij was van éénentachtig, (He was from eightyone,)
hij schakelde zo zoet, (he shifted so sweet,)
dat beige stond hem prachtig, (that beige looked great on him,)
de deuren sloten goed. (and the doors locked so well.)

Amper dertigduizend ballen voor zo’n pure klassebak, (almost thirtythousand bucks for such a class ride,)
en wat een fijne zestienhonderd dat er in zijn buikje stak. (and with such a nice sixteenhundred in its belly)

Toyota Carina, Toyota Carina,
Toyota Carina-aaaaa.

Hij had geen vijf vitessen (he didn’t have five gears)
en hij had geen open dak, (and neither a sun roof)
maar wat een kracht en een souplesse, (but what great strength and flexibility,)
wat een mooie beige lak. (what a great beige color.)

Zijn banden hadden allemaal een adellijk profiel, (his tires all had a royal profile,)
zowel de voorste als de achterste, en het reservewiel. (both its front, rear and spare wheel)

Toyota Carina, Toyota Carina,
Toyota Carina-aaaaa.

Natuurlijk werd hij minachtend bekeken (Of course people looked down on it)
door dikkenekken met een BMW, (by fatnecks with a BMW,)
of door krapuul met een CX en jannestreken, (or scum with a CX and lowly,)
maar daar lachten wij eens mee. (but we only laughed about it)

Vlaamse moeders stoven witloof of ajuinen, (Flemish mothers cook chicory and unions,)
wij stoven met zijn tweeën naar de zee. (we drove with the two of us to sea.)
Hij was al beige dus hij hoefde niet te bruinen, (He was already beige and did not need a tan,)
ik vond dat beige wel okee. (I thought the beige was okay)

Toyota Carina, Toyota Carina,
Toyota Carina-aaaaa

Direct link to video: Hugo Matthysen – Toyota Carina

Carina Sightings: Argentinian Carina owner

February 22, 2012 in carina sightings

Toyotas were sold throughout the world, so naturally the Carina was sold globally as well. This Argentinian Carina TA40 proves that:
Carina TA40 in Argentina
The Carina itself is a 2T powered late type Carina (1981) with the Japanese tail lights. In Europe we got different ones with four lights instead of the three in this model.

You can see the tail lights in action around 1:45. (video on the next page) Read the rest of this entry →

Carina Sightings: Carina TA40 deluxe wagon

August 17, 2011 in carina sightings


Yesterday this orange Carina deluxe wagon became for sale on Marktplaats and I wrote to the owner asking if I could put it on the blog since it is such an amazing treasure find!
Carina deluxe TA40 wagon
Carina deluxe TA40 wagon

The owner is the second owner of the car since 2006 and bought it back then with only 124.000km on the odometer and today the Carina only covered 146000km so far!

The bodywork appears to be in excellent condition and that is mainly due to the anti rust treatment the first owner applied to the car.
Carina deluxe TA40 wagon
Carina deluxe TA40 wagon

That doesn’t mean time stood still on this car: there is some minor surface rust on the wheel arches and around the fuelcap but apart from that the car is in great nick.

Also the interior is in excellent condition:
Carina deluxe TA40 wagon
Carina deluxe TA40 wagon

which is due to the first owner driving around with (sheepscloth) sheets and the second owner being very careful with the car.

The engine is the well known 2T and is mated with, probably, the same 3 speed autobox as mine:
Carina deluxe TA40 wagon
Carina deluxe TA40 wagon

I’m very tempted to buy this car, but it is simply too beautiful and perfect to be ruined by me… ;)

So if anyone else got 1250 euros for spare: this is an excellent opportunity to get yourselves one of the last Carina station wagons! You can find it for sale here:
Carina deluxe TA40 wagon on Marktplaats

Carina Sightings: stickerbombed TA40 at JCS2011

July 8, 2011 in carina sightings


Another jewel at the Japan Classic Sunday was Eric’s shakotan stickerbombed TA40:
Erics stickerbombed TA40 at JCS2011
Erics stickerbombed TA40 at JCS2011

I’ve seen a couple of stickerbombed cars, but never one that has them all over the side of the car!

However on the other side it is almost empty:
Erics stickerbombed TA40 at JCS2011
Erics stickerbombed TA40 at JCS2011

But wait, maybe there is another interesting sticker on that side:
Erics stickerbombed TA40 at JCS2011
Erics stickerbombed TA40 at JCS2011

Almost looks like a real tsurikawa! ;)